Accelerant K-9 dog helps in Columbus, GA double homicide

An accelerant K-9, Andy, was used in double homicide case in Columbus, GA. (Source: DCSO)
An accelerant K-9, Andy, was used in double homicide case in Columbus, GA. (Source: DCSO)

COLUMBUS, GA (WAFF) - Columbus, Georgia Sheriff, Jimmy Harris, reported the use of the K-9 accelerant dog in a double homicide fire on Tuesday.

Deputy Cumby and Andy work anywhere in Alabama they are needed for suspicious fires.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms requested an accelerant dog while investigating a fire in which a young mother and her 6 month old son died.

Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk sent Deputy State Fire Marshal, Ray Cumby along with K-9 accelerant Andy to Columbus on Tuesday where they found accelerants in several locations of the fire scene.

Autopsy showed Rosella Mitchell, 35, was stabbed several times.

The cause of death for the infant is not available at this time.

Brandon Conner, 35, of Columbus, has been charged with 2 counts of murder and additional charges may be entered.

Harris states, "We are so fortunate to have people who help us on a daily basis. we had a businessman donate money for our K-9 program and we were able to partner with Sheriff Entrekin to get this dog." Harris goes on to say, "The Fire Marshal's office had an experienced handler so we assigned Andy to them and he and Ray have done an outstanding job. I'm glad to see what started out as a good deed in our county turn into another successful case in Georgia. It is sad to see a young mother and her baby die like this. I am glad we have the ability to work with these agencies and get these kind of results."

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